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Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Short Tale of Two Parish Halls

There are a number of rather beautiful churches around this area dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, and of varied demoninations. Many of them have parish halls.

Many of these churches no longer own their parish halls.

The Anglicans sold their parish hall. It has been turned into a gym with a logo that looks like this:

A nearby Catholic church sold their parish hall, too. A most beautiful and large structure, the hall was blessed by Archbishop Mannix in 1929, and crowned with a magnificent dome. The hall was sold to the Jews who now use it for a school campus. One can imagine how once the cross upon the dome stood in triumphant view over the landscape, for is it any surprise that it was debased and replaced with a school plaque? It only makes bitter sense, I suppose. We'll all be rooned...

At least the Anglican hall is still used for a place of worship.